Swords Castle to host a winter wonderland

by Sylvia Pownall

SWORDS Castle is expected to be transformed into a winter wonderland next month as it becomes the venue for a Christmas market.
Irish Village Markets (IVM) have teamed up with Fingal County Council in a bid to bring a bit of festive magic to the capital of the north county.
According to www.irishvillagemarkets.ie, snow machines will be installed “to provide an authentic Christmas experience”.
It states there will also be “wooden chalets offering the perfect Christmas gifts, whilst food and drinks will be available all weekend as we invite some of our favourite street vendors to join us”.
Santa will take up residence in one of the two knight’s apartments, and the walls of the castle will be lit from beneath with a vivid array of colourful lights.
Carol singers will perform on the balcony inside the banquet hall – while parents will be kept warm with mulled wine.
A spokesperson for IVM said the castle would provide the perfect venue for a festive market, adding: “Swords Castle provides a vivid snapshot of 15th century life, with a gatehouse, apartments for knights, a chapel, banqueting hall, the all-important Archbishop’s apartments, and two large towers.”
Fingal Mayor Darragh Butler (FF) also feels the seasonal stalls will be ideally located in the castle. He raised the matter at council level earlier this month.
He told The Gazette: “While nothing is 100% certain yet, I’d love to see a Christmas market in the castle and I think so would most of Swords.
“I think it would be a fantastic location and it really would add to the Christmas spirit in the town.”
Fingal County Council’s chief executive, Paul Reid, confirmed that restoration works were on schedule and market operators have already been approached to gauge interest.
He told a meeting of the local authority: “With the works now almost complete and the completion date more certain, we will now investigate the possibilities of a Christmas Market for 2016 and have approached market operators to ascertain interest.”
Anyone interested in taking a stall at the market is asked to visit www.irishvillagemarkets.ie.

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